Thursday, January 10, 2019

FREE 2019 Mutual Theme - Printable Art, Bookmarks, Binder Covers


Use these free 2019 Young Women binder covers, bookmarks, and printable art to help your Young Women learn the new theme!



The Church's 2019 mutual theme is "If ye love me, keep my commandments". You can read more about it HERE. I love this theme because when we love the Lord we want to keep his commandments. I wanted to created some art to reflect this years theme. I thought the floral heart fit right in with the theme and added a touch of beauty at the same time.




These bookmarks can be printed off six to a sheet and are an inexpensive goodie to share with your Young Women. They can be used as birthday gifts or to hand out at your New Beginnings mutual night as a reminder of this years theme.



These pretty binder covers will help you stay organized throughout the year. There are covers for each presidency member, class advisers, and a personal progress specialist! 





Enjoy your freebies!




2019 Mutual Theme on Scribd








Monday, January 7, 2019

Cub Scouts - Leave No Trace Principles


My 10 year old is working to earn his Arrow of Light for Cub Scouts. One of the requirements is to memorize the Outdoor Code and the Principles of Leave No Trace. To help him with the Principles of Leave No Trace I searched Pinterest for some sort of visual helps but wasn't able to find anything. I decided to make my own visuals and wanted to post them here in case they could be of help to anyone else. I have two versions available; one with picture cues and words and the other with just the picture cues. To print: 1. click on image 2. right click and copy 3. paste into a Word document and print.

I also found some little jingles to help you learn the Outdoor Code and Leave No Trace Principles over at scoutsongs.blogspot.com. Between these visual clues and the songs I think we'll learn these principles fast.




Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Paper Snowflakes with Hidden Names


I love to make snowflakes with my kids during December and keep them up through January.  One really fun way is to cut your names out!



It leaves a really unique design.  My oldest son is named William . . . can you see his name?



Here's how you do it. First, fold your paper like you would for any snowflake.  (Here's a refresher).



Next, you trace out your letters with the bottom of your letters along the folded side of your snowflake.



Cut your letters out making sure to leave space between each letter.



If you want, you can add some embellishments around the outside of the snowflake.



Unfold your snowflake and viola!  You have a fun snowflake to hang in your house with your hidden names!






Monday, December 3, 2018

Magnetic Bookmark Gift Set (Gifts Kids Can Make)




This magnetic bookmark gift set makes the sweetest little gift for anyone. It's perfect for parents, grandparents, siblings, and teachers. They're extremely budget friendly and easy to put together.

This year I helped my four year old make some of these bookmarks to give to her older sister and brothers for Christmas. I've probably said it 100 times, but I'll say it again. When children have opportunities to give they learn to love giving. Christmastime is the perfect time to give kids this opportunity. I especially love the value creating a homemade give adds to the experience. I've seen how the time, thought, and effort my children put into their gifts makes them especially excited about giving them. They become so focused on the gifts they're creating that they don't have much time to think about all the things they want. Be sure to check out more ideas on gifts that kids can make and give HERE.



Didn't these turn out so cute?



This is the perfect project to use up small scraps of scrapbook paper, or digital designs can easily be printed and used. I cut out strips of paper that were five inches long and 3/4 inch wide. The corners were then rounded, which was the perfect task for my four year old to help with.



We then folded the bookmarks in half and applied magnetic tape to the inside. I LOVE this ultra thin magnetic tape. I always have some on hand. It comes in handy for so many things and works perfectly for these bookmarks so they don't end up too bulky. You can see the bottom portion of the magnetic tape is slightly off center. This is so the magnets will line up evenly when closed. Experiment with the magnets you use so that they will be sure to close correctly.





To gift the bookmarks we packaged them together on a card with a quote at the bottom.



For my daughter we stuck with a Paris/music theme. For the boys we did Harry Potter and Star Wars.



I love the subtle Harry Potter hint these digital papers give. I probably could have easily come up with some wise words from Dumbledore or a found a great quote from JK Rowling to add to the bottom of the packaging but instead picked a quote that I thought my kids would love the most. Even though the quote doesn't really fit with the theme I knew my 10 year old would get a kick out of this one. Sticking with the Harry Potter theme though I used a free font called Harry P found on dafont.com.







This last one is for my Star Wars obsessed seven year old. Again, the quote isn't Star Wars related but he'll love it. I used the font called Star Jedi found on dafont.com.



My four year old especially loved clipping each bookmark onto the cards. She helped me wrap them up, complete with lots of pretty Christmas bows and put them under the tree. Her book obsessed siblings are going to love these bookmarks. I have a feeling they'll get a lot of use.



Find more gift ideas that kids can make HERE.


Friday, November 30, 2018

Baby It's Cold Outside!


Our youngest sister lives up in Alaska with her little family.  Their winters are long and cold so for Christmas I sent them a "Baby, It's Cold Outside!" package to help them survive the winter.  



I included things like a movie (so they could cuddle up together at home) and some hot chocolate (to warm them up).  My favorite addition to the package was a snowman kit!

I scoured our local thrift shop and found this fun, colorful crocheted scarf.  Another option would be to make a simple scarf out of fleece.  I found a carrot nose at Hobby Lobby in the floral section.  The hat was constructed of stiff felt, a ribbon, and hot glue.


For my snowman's buttons I found some brightly colored ones (to go along with the scarf) and glued golf tees to the back.  This allows them to be pushed in to the snow and (hopefully) stay put!



I did the same thing to some small stones (for his smile) and larger stones (for his eyes).  You could also attach a tee to the bottom of your top hat so that it will stay put!


I had a great time putting together this little snowman kit--and hopefully they've had just as much fun building snowmen with it!




Friday, November 2, 2018

Briefcase Doll House


We just celebrated my daughter's 4th birthday.  It's crazy to think that my first post on this blog occurred when my oldest was only 4!  



Months ago I found the cutest idea floating around Facebook for a dollhouse that you could carry around.  I just knew that my daughter would love something like that and planned on having it ready by the time of her birthday.

I started off by heading to the local thrift store to find a very small briefcase that I could use for the dollhouse.  Just when I was about to give up this little thing appeared before me.



It was the perfect size!  And once I opened it up I realized that it was an old cassette tape holder... that's not something you see anymore.



After using this free pattern to make some adorable felt paper dolls (and clothes!) I realized that this little home was big enough for 2 dolls. 








 With the original post as inspiration I began to design my dollhouse.  It was fun to go through my stashes of felt and scrapbooking materials to see what I could create.



I decided to modge podge everything (except the felt blankets) because I know how little kids are and didn't want the papers to get dirty or torn.  I also opted not to have a hanger for a change of clothes.  There were two reasons for this--the first is that I made lots of little outfits (not just one) and the second was that the clothes would inevitably fall off once the dollhouse was closed.  Instead I painted a small box to hold all the doll clothes.





Since my briefcase had an extra little insert (originally for hold the cassettes) I decided it would be fun to add a kitchen!



The inside was so cute that I couldn't bear to have her carrying around a drab brown case.  I decided to paint it purple (her favorite color) and modge podge a little house to the outside.



My daughter was thrilled to open this on her birthday and she has already put in a few requests for additions.  We'll see what I can do for her.



This little portable dollhouse is sure to bring hours of fun for one sweet little girl.